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Chinese New Year in the Philippines

Did you know that the Chinese have been in the Philippines even before the Spaniards came in the 16th century? Chinese Filipinos make up only one to two percent of the Filipino population but those numbers don’t match their influence on the country’s history and culture.

Chinese Filipinos used to be referred to as INTSIK in Tagalog, but that word has sort of become unpopular due to negative connotations that were attached to it. The politically correct term these days is TSINOY (sometimes spelled Chinoy).

With the Lunar New Year being on Monday (January 26, 2009), I decided to make a page on how the holiday is celebrated by the Chinese community in the Philippines.

Traditions during the Chinese New Year in the Philippines

The Chinese-Filipino greeting for the New Year: Kiong Hee Huat Tsai — that’s how Tsinoys pronounce 恭喜發財 (Gong Xi Fa Cai in Mandarin; Gong Hei Fat Choi in Cantonese).

Happy New Year! 恭喜發財,紅包拿來 😉

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Happy Three Kings!

A funny greeting, no?

In the Philippines, January 6 is called Araw ng Tatlong Hari (Day of the Three Kings), after the magi or wise men who visited the Christ child bearing gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh. In Spanish-speaking parts of the world, the three kings are known as Los Reyes Magos de Oriente or Los Tres Reyes Magos. Also known as the Feast of Epiphany, this day marks the end of the twelve days of Christmas. However, in the United States and in English-speaking Christian countries, Epiphany is usually celebrated on the first Sunday of January, which this year was January 4.

Filipinos also recognize this day as Pasko ng Matatanda (Christmas of the Elderly), a day on which to honor senior citizens.

Maligayang Araw ng Tatlong Hari! Happy Three Kings’ Day!

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Happy New Year in Tagalog

The new year has already arrived in the Philippines. Thursday, January 1, 2009. You should greet your Filipino family and friends a ‘Happy New Year’ in Tagalog!

How to Say ‘Happy New Year’ in Tagalog

Thanks for all your support in 2008. Looking forward to serving you better in the new year. Mabuhay!

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Rizal Day (December 30) a Filipino Holiday

Araw ng Kabayanihan ni Rizal is Tagalog for Rizal’s Day of Heroism. It is observed in commemoration of the death of Filipino national hero Jose Rizal on December 30, 1896. He was executed by the Spanish colonial government in the Philippines for inciting rebellion. A firing squad was responsible for his death.

Rizal Day is a public holiday in the Philippines on December 30, 2008 (Tuesday). For the second year in a row, President Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo will lead the commemoration in San Fernando City, La Union. It is the 112th Rizal Day celebration, and the ceremonies will televised live over the Philippine government’s TV stations.

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